I remember last year talking with one of Scion Rep and they weren’t sure what they wanted to do with media FR-S. Well, looks like they found something!
Reference: Motor Trend
The Scion FR-S will be the official vehicle of the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race held at this year’s Long Beach Grand Prix. The sports car replaces the Scion tC coupe, which has been used in the annual race since 2005, to become the first rear-drive celebrity race car in 27 years. The modified Scion FR-S racer debuts at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
The race cars will be identically prepared, tuned to 210 hp with help from 100-octane racing fuel and TRD upgrades like a performance intake and stainless steel exhaust system. Other modifications include coilover shocks, a big brake kit with Hawk Performance brake pads, Centerforce single-disc racing clutch, and 18-inch TRD alloy wheels wheels wrapped in 225/40R18-size Bridgestone Potenza RE11 summer tires.
The race will take place Saturday, April 20 as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. A mix of celebrities and pro racers will compete for charity, benefiting children’s hospitals around the country. In the past, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race has attracted names like George Lucas, Jay Leno, Keanu Reeves, Buzz Aldrin, and Tony Hawk. The last rear-drive car raced in the event was a third-generation Toyota Celica.
Though only half the cars will be driven by pros, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race may be our closest look yet at what an FR-S spec series would look like.